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NICOLE PERKINS

NICOLE PERKINS, Features Editor

Nicole Perkins, FCLC ’22, is the features editor for The Observer. She enjoys photography and watching “Nathan for You.” Originally from Connecticut, she is majoring in political science and visual arts.
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Women in Academia Are Not Obligated to Listen to Your Bad Opinions

December 28, 2020
Joseph Epstein’s piece not only argues something that is sexist and misogynistic, but is also poorly written and unsubstantiated by facts.
a student sits alone in a classroom

Fordham Retention Rate Continues to Decline

December 3, 2020
Fordham is continuously suffering a drop in retention and enrollment rates, a problem which began before the pandemic.
a graphic illustration of faculty member at fordham looking at their computer and finding out they will have no retirement contributions

Faculty Troubled by University’s Decision to Cut Retirement Contributions

November 12, 2020
After an administrative decision to suspend retirement plan contributions, Fordham faculty speak out.
A course syllabus with red sharpie correcting changes to the curriculum to include political education

Professors Emphasize Political Education in the Classroom

October 28, 2020
The need for political education in the classroom is not a new concept, but students have gone recently gone beyond school to learn more.
An ambulance in front of the ER

Students Can Leave. Longtime Residents Can’t.

August 21, 2020
As students return to school, the communities they return to could face another COVID-19 surge.
screenshots of the instagram posts accusing Matthew Maguire of misconduct

Speak Up Fordham: The Theatre Department

July 30, 2020
Multiple allegations have arisen against theatre professor Matthew Maguire, in the first of a series sparked by @letstalkaboutitfordham and @blackatfordham posts.
Supreme Court and Keating hall mirror each other with a pride flag on top

Supreme Court Ruling Demands Inclusion at Fordham

July 9, 2020
Many community members feel as though policies regarding transgender students are not enough — they claim the climate at Fordham needs to be changed.
Students at a protest in Anderson, SC

Fordham Students Protesting Across the Country for BLM

June 18, 2020
The murder of George Floyd has served as one of the many catalysts to fight back against a history of systemic oppression against Black people. Fordham students have joined in the nationwide protests urging for police abolition and the elimination of systemic racism.
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Students Push Back Against the Administration’s Thoughts and Prayers

June 3, 2020
After McShane’s statement regarding the death of George Floyd was released on May 30, many students found a lack of a call to action amidst his words.
a NYC metrocard being pulled out of a wallet with a Fordham ID in it

Fordham’s Financial Steps and Missteps During the Pandemic

May 13, 2020
With pressure from students, faculty and policymakers, Fordham's financial steps during the pandemic became subject to criticism.
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The Budget Was Finalized. Then Coronavirus Hit.

April 29, 2020
In the dire time of the novel coronavirus, the financial situation for students, staff and the university is anything but ideal.
Lindsay Jorgensen s had to bring the dance studio to her house after escalations of the coronavirus

Dancing Together, Hundreds of Miles Apart

April 28, 2020
Lindsay Jorgensen, Fordham College Lincoln Center ’20, reflects on being sent home mid-semester as a senior. Without a chance to say goodbye to her greatest mentors, she uses technology to expand her craft.
a student wearing a blue graduation gown and throwing a cap into the air

Pomp and Dire Circumstance: Graduating Into a Recession

April 14, 2020
Before the coronavirus radically transformed daily life in America, seniors were slated to graduate into the strongest job market in 50 years. Now, the employment rate is plummeting — and the jobs that remain are irrevocably changed.
Biased NYPD Fare Enforcement Favors LC Area.

The True Price of Jumping a Turnstile

February 19, 2020
Transit Bureau District 1 covers all the Fordham Lincoln Center stations and has one of the lowest enforcements per fare evader in NYC. Compare it to TBD 23, which includes Rockaway to Jamaica Plains, and the numbers are very different. Why? TBD 1 is wealthier — and whiter.
As a graduate student who teaches undergraduate classes, Patrick DeBrosse experiences the best of both worlds.

Spotlight: Patrick DeBrosse, Modern Medieval Scholar

January 20, 2020
For most students, medieval studies is as distant as the Middle Ages. We largely fail to notice the little ways that the medieval period affects our daily lives. Patrick DeBrosse, a Ph.D. student who teaches undergraduate classes on medieval studies, points out that we can still find the medieval period in our lexicon today.
It wouldn't be finals season without Quinn Library being full of students getting some last minute studying in.

A Final Ode to Finals

December 17, 2019
Finals season has arrived in my life like a hurricane and just as quickly swept away. Where there once was a crowded library, students screaming on the plaza and last-minute studying, only silence and the posting of final grades remain.
Utilizing smart spending habits allow photographers to take the photos that keep the photographer and their wallet happy.

Photography On a College Budget

December 4, 2019
Cost can kill any budding interest you have in the photography field if you take it in all at once. So here are some tips to make the venture a little more manageable.
When students return to school after summer break, many are despondent over what they’ve forgotten. What if there was something more sinister at play?

Summer Mega Brain

August 25, 2019
I’m sure that if you took all the smarts lost by Fordham University students and combined them together, you would get a larger-than-average brain. A big brain, if you will.
You Have Too Much Space: Why Fordham Needs More Forced Triples

You Have Too Much Space: Why Fordham Needs More Forced Triples

July 18, 2019
Space was getting sparse until the Office of Residential Life came up with an ingenious solution: putting three people in rooms meant for two.
Students Should Rejoice for New McKeon Floor Griddles

Students Should Rejoice for New McKeon Floor Griddles

April 30, 2019
President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., spontaneously decided we needed more monogrammed cups and needed to find money in the budget. But in return for this noble sacrifice, Fordham will be equipping every student with a spatula, a personalized chef’s apron and a complimentary floor cleaning kit.
The writer, making her money moves.

Ancestral Wealth Gets Me Again

April 9, 2019
Recently, it came to my attention that I am broke. New York is expensive and I was never that rich in the first place, so things have only gone downhill upon my arrival at Lincoln Center in September.
Tempers will rise. The elevators will not.

Elevator Mayhem: My Scandalous Soup Saga

March 26, 2019
The cursed night of the soup saga is one I will never forget. I want to say that the elevator miraculously appeared, that I got onto it in time and held my soup up high for all to see. But it didn’t come.
Courses at the freshman dining hall never cease to amaze — kevlar ham, deconstructed pizza and room temperature cereal among them.

Fordham Dining Hall is a Food Lover’s Free-For-All

February 19, 2019
Out for a pleasant stroll a few evenings ago, I found myself hopelessly lost in the bowels of Fordham University. I took several elevators (both up and down), an escalator and eventually discovered myself to be in a dumbwaiter that had popped out of thin air. When I was finally able to take in my surroundings, I was standing in front of the finest Fordham dining establishment on this blessed campus: the freshman dining hall.
Easy, breezy, beautiful: A student experiences the blessing of Fr. McShane.

Satire – Gale Unveiled: Hallway Breeze a Blessing

January 22, 2019
There are forces far more powerful than physics at play in this humble walkway.
Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro is the latest in a series of far-right politicians to come to power around the world.

The Rise of a Tyrant: Start Caring About Bolsonaro

November 14, 2018

He would rather his son die in a car accident than be gay. He told a woman she was “too ugly to be raped.” His name is Jair Bolsonaro and he is the president-elect of the fourth largest democracy in...